Saturday, September 4, 2010
Ashitaba Plant and its Benefit
I have previously posted about Gynura Procumbens. A plant that has numerous benefits for our body. We stumbled upon this plant in our search for Ashitaba plant. Some mistakenly named Gynura Procumbens as the Ashitaba Plant. Their leaves might be the same but a closer look would prove it otherwise. The ridges of the leaves are more pronounced in Ashitaba plant than in Gynura Procumbens. Now , before I delve deeper, let me tell you more about the tomorrow leaf- Ashitaba.
What is Ashitaba?
Ashitaba (Angelica Keiskei Koidzumi), also called DON QUI, a native in the Japanese island of Hachijo (Longevity Island). Ashitaba is also known as Tomorrow leaf and sometimes longevity herb because of its ability to reproduce a leaf on a daily basis. Angelica is latin for Angel. It connotes godly or heavenly effects.
Ashitaba imported from Singapore
Searching for Ashitaba plant here in the Philippines might lead you no where or in our case to Gynura Procumbens. A family friend living in Singapore recently brought back with her a few stem of Ashitaba for transplanting. But it never propagate. Is it because of the soil, the weather or the watering of the plant? I don't know.
Luckily, an SIL of mine went back to Singapore a few weeks ago and brought back with her a lot of Ashitaba to transplant. All the plants are now in the care of my other SIL whose helper apparently have green thumbs. So, let's see what's going to happen with the plant.
Benefits of Ashitaba:
Ashitaba is an antioxidant. It is a superfood with a rare class of flavonoids called Chalcone.
Chalcone function: purifies blood, strenghtens immune system, monitors cholesterol level, regulates blood pressure, suppresses acid secretion, prevents thrombus, suppresses cytophy, antibacterial, prevents cancer, and promotes metabolism. Source.
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